Clay Bennett

Born January 20, 1958 in Clinton, South Carolina. Growing up the son of a career army officer, he led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1976 from S. R. Butler High School in Huntsville, Alabama.

Served as editorial cartoonist for his college paper and managing editor of the alternative student newspaper while attending the University of North Alabama, where he graduated in 1980 with degrees in Art and History.

After working briefly as a staff artist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Fayetteville (NC) Times, Bennett went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007). He now draws five cartoons a week for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, having joined its staff in 2007.

Winner of The Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 2002, Bennett has earned almost every honor his profession has to offer. He's received the Sigma Delta Chi Award (2001), the National Journalism Award (2002), the National Cartoonist Society's Award for Editorial Cartoons (2002), the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award (2007), the John Fischetti Award twice (2001, 2005), the Overseas Press Club Award twice (2005, 2007), and the National Headliner Award three times(1999, 2000, 2004).


Past President of the
Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, Bennett is the husband of artist Cindy Procious, and the father of Matt, Ben and Sarah.

His work is distributed internationally by The Washington Post Writers Group.

 




AWARDS:


2010 United Nations Political Cartoon Award,
Citation for Excellence


2009 Green Eyeshade Award for Editorial Cartoons,
Society of Professional Journalists


2009 Overseas Press Club Award,
Citation for Excellence


2008 Ink Bottle Award,
Association of American Editorial Cartoonists


2007 Thomas Nast Award,
Overseas Press Club of America


2008 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning,
Finalist


2007 United Nations Political Cartoon Award,
Citation of Excellence


2007 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Cartoons


2007 John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition,
Honorable Mention


2006 United Nations Political Cartoon Award,
Citation of Excellence


2005 Thomas Nast Award,
Overseas Press Club of America


2005 Alumnus of the Year,
University of North Alabama


2005 John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition,
First Place


2004 National Population Cartoon Contest,
Grand Prize


2004 National Headliner Award for Editorial Cartoons


2003 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning,
Finalist


2002 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning


2002 Best Editorial Cartoons,
National Cartoonists Society


2002 National Journalism Award,
Scripps Howard Foundation


2001 Sigma Delta Chi Award,
Society of Professional Journalists


2001 John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition,
First Place


2001 Editorial Cartoonist of the Year,
Editor & Publisher Magazine


2001 National Journalism Award,
Finalist


2001 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning,
Finalist


2000 National Headliner Award for Editorial Cartoons


2000 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning,
Finalist


1999 National Headliner Award for Editorial Cartoons


1999 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning,
Finalist


1995 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards,
Honorable Mention


1994 Green Eyeshade Award for Editorial Cartoons,
Society of Professional Journalists


1990 Jane Roe Media Award,
Florida Abortion Rights Action League


1987 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards,
Citation for Editorial Cartoons


1986 H. L. Mencken Award, Best Cartoon,
Free Press Association


1986 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards,
Honorable Mention


1984 Green Eyeshade Award for Editorial Cartoons,
Society of Professional Journalists


1982 Overseas Press Club Award,
Citation for Excellence


1979 Society for Collegiate Journalists Awards,
First Place, Editorial Cartoons


1979 National Council of College Publications,
Runner-up, Comic Strips



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